CHON’s Set From SXSW Shows How Good This Band Really Is

warned you guys last week about how fucking good CHON are live. Now I’ve got proof. 60-some people huddled around the band in the mid-afternoon in a sweaty outdoor-basement at the Audiotree Showcase at Licha’s Cantina in Austin, sipping Lone Stars and smoking Kamel Reds, all getting their faces fucked off. It was an organic fuck-off too – no protection needed, just a guitar into a PolyTune into a Vox. Super refreshing, super fun tunes. No breakdowns or 0000’s or smelly metal boys in sight. And no yucky buzzing distortion!


All this to say, there’s something different about CHON’s music that’s breaking music consumption barriers. They’re managing to break through to non-metal and non-prog audiences, partially because there isn’t an impenetrable layer of “tough guy metalness” about them. There’s an impenetrable layer of talent and practice that goes into the making of this music, for sure, but their image and sound aren’t off-putting the way that most hardcore/metal is. The music is actually fun to listen to, whether you’re geeked out, standing there calculating their arpeggios, or even sippin a Mai-Thai and getting down with your home girl.

So, courtesy of Audiotree, get down with CHON:

CHON’s new album Grow is out now on Sumerian Records. Support great music like this!

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.

Latest comments
  • These guys are insane.

  • Great band, great guitars, great drums. Is the bassist new? He’s kind of hacking through stuff around 3:39. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just curious. He gets his footing about halfway through the set, but you know, just exploring what’s going on. Also didn’t know if there were sound issues or something. That stuff is always hard to work through, especially with such physical music.

    • No he just grew a goatee to prove to people that he has a chin.

  • I really like how they dialed the gain down on each subsequent release. Their old song ”The perfect pillow” at the end sounds a lot better with the new guitar tones. Clean, fresh and golden. Much love for these guys.

  • Poor muddy guitar tone, a handful of mistakes and the bassist is going so overboard dancing around with such chill music. This band simply doesn’t sound that good live and it saddens me.

    • that sounds like jealousy my dude

      • Ya know it’s possible to dislike something without being jealous? Mr ‘Iwearadultdiapers’ just sounds a bit cynical for whatever reason – Of course there will be some mistakes playing live, it’s totally to be expected, but given how difficult to play these songs are I think they did amazingly well. However I have to agree that the bassist looks reaaally out of place when he starts thrashing around. The rest of the band are so composed and still that having the one dude bob his neck around and stare like a serial killer is pretty laughable.

    • What? Did we watch the same video? Those boys were spot on all set bruv

  • Sweet Sound! Their bassist seems to be the weakest link instrumentally, great composition and overall musicianship otherwise.

    • It’s funny how the frontman is the less technical out of them all.

  • This article is full of sub-par writing, but I still love Chon regardless.

  • These guys always remind me of Tera Melos. This is a good thing.

  • Ive seen Chon live and they are absolutely brilliant but I feel like their simplicity may be holding them back a little. The fact that they have the same tone for the whole set can make it a bit monotonous at times. I think they would benefit from a small tone library. Either way, amazing band and even better live.


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